Bangladesh Premier League 2011-12

BPL will put local players in spotlight - Dean Jones

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February 8, 2012

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Dean Jones talks to the Chittagong Kings coaching staff, Dhaka, February 8, 2012
Dean Jones talks to Khaled Mahmud and the rest of the Chittagong Kings coaching staff at their training session in Dhaka © Chittagong Kings
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Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman and technical director of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise, the Chittagong Kings, has said the tournament will help young Bangladesh players, as they will have the opportunity to play alongside international stars. The Kings have Tamim Iqbal as their icon player, and bought West Indies' Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor, and Muttiah Muralitharan in the auction.

"The great thing about this tournament is that the players can rub shoulders with Murali, Tamim and Dwayne Bravo," Jones said. "[For the young players], getting to see how good they are against experienced players is really important. I think it will really bring the best out of some players. Some players will fail but some players will do very well."

The BPL has been hampered by some of the high-profile buys pulling out due to international or domestic commitments. The Kings will be without Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan allrounder, and West Indies opener Lendl Simmons. "Everyone has got that problem," Jones said. "We're looking for replacements now as we speak; who they are I'm not going to disclose.

"We've got players coming in on the morning of February 10 [date of the opening fixture] because they are playing first-class matches in Pakistan and the West Indies or something. We've just got to roll with the punches, get them ready and off we go."

The Kings will be coached by former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud and have Michael Bevan, the former Australia batsman, as their batting consultant, with Jones advising the coaching staff. "Khaled Mahmud is my eyes and ears; he is helping me communicate with the Bangladeshi boys and understand their roles as well," Jones said. "Of course we have Michael Bevan and we have bowling and fielding coaches. I am very happy with my coaching staff."

Jones said the BPL would help Bangladesh cricket because it will give the local players the experience of playing under the spotlight. "I think it will give them more exposure, more awareness, it will put them under more pressure, under lights, in front of big crowds. Sometimes you'll get hurt and get beaten. And then you've got to work on your strengths and weakness to come back.

"I think it couldn't come at a better time really for the Bangladesh people and the players. They needed this, I think they wanted this. They need to get out of their comfort zone and now they are going to find out how good they are."

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Posted by   on (February 11, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

T20 cricket is here to stay that is fact... IPL... Big Bash... BPL... Champions League... alll fun... stop deluding yourself that all these leagues are contributing to the 'country cricket setup' thats bull... in my opinion start another league lets call it ALL STAR LEAGUE or something... invite all the top players from all over the world divide them into teams and make a lot of money... every year hold that league in a different country... an ICC league... let all the cricket playing nations bid for it... create a window for it in the ICC calender... but stop claiming it is for the betterment of the young players... as for India... after the spectacle of Australian summer dont let the players who did not perform for India play and make money from IPL... think about it India... sincerely...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

I would like to say some says BPL is the poorer version of IPL, then What is IPL?? IPL is an Idea which was theft by ENG Or Aus T20 format, now come to the point if T2O can'nt give anything to BD cricket then what Has India got? 4-0 whitewash against Australia & Also white wash against England, I would like to say those people that they think so superior about their team India that being an No# 1 side in test cricket hence losing like that doesn't give any pride. Infact BD perform better than India last two tour to England & Australia, Stop bulling about BPL, I think it is a great move for Their cricket, best of luck :)

Posted by   on (February 10, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

@Kalpesh...I believe it is India who should take a serious look at their first class structure...the way they lose out to opponents at away soils, needs serious rethinking from BCCI's part....I would recommend that you guys transfer some domestic 1st class matches to a few foreign grounds...maybe you should try convincing BCB to host a few provided you pay them enough....obviously IPL has done no good to how you perform abroad...it's also high time that you let go your legends and their past and focus on the future....countries like Afghanistan and Ireland is on the rise and will surely give you guys a run for your money in the near future...you have kept refusing Pakistan tours on security issues, it will just become funny when you will do the same to Afghanistan too...

Posted by   on (February 9, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

BPL will have a blast !! So guys be ready for the blast !!

Posted by Sakthiivel on (February 9, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

BPL should be a good thing for Ban. As Indian Im looking forward for some super stuff from BPL. As any one say BPL is bad those guys are jealous of BPL. But guys dont place dean jones on the board he will make BPL Shrink.

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (February 9, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@Kalpesh Watch your fingers while typing such comments.. if BPL is poorer version IPL, then what is IPL? how did idea of IPL arrived? it is from those Australian leagues and England leagues and if you guys made something like that and get the best of it, then we do too.. it was Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan who was given the last over in one the IPL games last session because only he was trusted but not ur indian players.. so watch out before commenting mate...

Posted by Praxis on (February 9, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

True that many of us don't like T20 but BPL does have one positive, all these sponsor money would never come if it was any first class tournament. Now BCB will earn some money, let's just hope they use this money for better purposes in future.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Now this is getting really silly, I mean BPL we all know is a poor version of IPL, KFC Big Bash etc. If anything this is going to harm the Bangaladesh even more. None of the batsmen and I underline the batsmen none are of Test quality and really the focus should be on building a strong first class structure, touring other countries and playing the A sides. Playing BPL is the last thing Bangladesh wants & statement like these from Dean Jones are proof enough he has lost the plot and no prizes for guessing why he has taken this role,

Posted by Third_Gear on (February 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Desperately waiting to watch this lovely tournament. Thanks to BCB for bringing some exciting to the south asian cricket fans out of BCCI control. Good initiative, all the best, go ahead, we will remain beside.

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (February 9, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

As a indian cricket fan I am looking forward to this tournament it is coming live in indian tv, I am so bored of watching india fail again and again, it will be fun to watch some neutral games for the joy of watching cricket, I had a blast with eng/pak test series. BD fans if anyone tells you 20/20 is an evil, they are just jealous of you guys having a tournament like ipl or big bash, 20/20 is the future it is here to stay, first class cricket should not get affected by 20/20 in fact the revenue generated by 20/20 should be infused to first class cricket, but do get the first class structure in place, if you see some of the best 20/20 players like gayle, virat, and david warner are good at test cricket too.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

It's good that Bangladesh is coming up with a method of chanelling corporate cash into the player's pockets.

It's even better that the Board admits that their top priority should be, and remains, first class cricket.

Posted by alonetiger on (February 9, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

well..listen guys..BPL will surely help bangladesh cricket team and cricket structure.first of all we should see the result of big bash which boosted young ozi players and now once again australia is about to touch the peak of t20 and odi format..and dont forget IPL which created so much boost in indian young players and no doubt these old ozi stars r v expert in this arena of the game like coaching and managing the teams....thanx

Posted by woodhaven on (February 9, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

iam excited abt BPL. BD players dont get much chance of playing T20. its perfect opportunity for them

Posted by farkin on (February 9, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

just what cricket needs more flash in the pan cricket that does more harm then good to a persons cricket career

Posted by   on (February 9, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

people , people,, learn to appreciate good things,, ok,,, i would say it is because of 20/20 india won the last world cup,, and it is their fault they cannot continue with their performances, 20/20 is such a bad excuse for playing Test badly.

And finally, Bangladesh Cricket and other Cricketing nations will improve from these tournaments.

Best wishes for Cricket !!!

Posted by nirikh on (February 8, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

agree with Kavindeven. Unfortunately this modern world likes circus' much more than the real game. The cricket world have to understand that the beauty of test cricket is not for everyone to appreciate. Test cricket is a tough game. it is complicated and it's far from only a game of hitting the ball with the bat. Cricket is not baseball. Cricket is a mental game and that's where the beauty of cricket is. It may not get popular all over the world, but so is American Football. Some games are only made for a particular group of people and we are happy to be a part of that small group of ppl who love and appreciate when a player like Brian Lara face one after another dot ball to patiently wait to achieve his 400!!

Posted by nirikh on (February 8, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

absolutely disagree with DJ. What Bangladeshi young players need is to play more long version games in the national infrastructure and also with the other test playing teams. Playing T20 does not build up good cricketers as we very well can see from India's recent performance. T20 tournaments with that much money flowing just makes the players how to do "hit or miss", nothing else. These tournaments absolutely are a good way to make money for most cricket related ppl worldwide and so they keep franchising it. But it is going to be an absolute disaster for Bangadesh cricket!!!

Posted by donda on (February 8, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Wait a second, first of all bangladesh needs to setup their first class setup then think about T2020 cricket. But wait whom i am talking about the country which never improved it's cricket in last 12 years.

Ah, play with any number of superstars but if you don't have temperament and technique you will waste our time for long time in all forms of cricket.

Have fun with BBL.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Feeling nice all star player are under same umbrella, BPL......but what about ticket price.......it is not for all cricket fan.......it should be less to get huge crowd......

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (February 8, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Even decent test sides have become pathetic after participating in T20 leagues, with batsmen not knowing how to get thru a session when the going gets tough. See what Indian test stars ended up as. Bangladesh is already a bad test team, wonder how worse they will become after this...

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (February 8, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Perfectly said Kavindevan. As if we didn't already have Twenty20 overload.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

It will be a gr888 tournament , if it can glow well it may overshadow IPL in the near future

Posted by   on (February 8, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

This is the achievement of BPL. Mr. JONES, Mr. BEVAN all are the world star player of the cricketing era who are coming to guide the young tigers who will paving the way of BPL to National side and some day they will expose this with the AUS, ENG, SA...........we do have enough talent. Mr. Jones & Mr. Bevan please latent the talents of this young players as you were in the history of cricket.....

Posted by Romenevans on (February 8, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Yet another circus in the making.

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